Kraft Makes Dow Jones Sustainability Index Fifth Year In A Row

In recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance, Kraft Foods for the fifth year in a row has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability’s North America Index and has made the World Index for the fourth straight year.

Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft is the only U.S.-based food company to be a World Index Sustainability Leader. The company achieved the food industry’s leading scores in operational eco-efficiency, talent attraction and retention, corporate governance, and code of conduct/compliance.

“What makes this accomplishment most rewarding is that it’s the result of a true company-wide effort, and one that’s growing in intensity each and every day," observed Steve Yucknut, Kraft VP of sustainability. “Our employees care, and they’re working on a global basis to make a lasting, positive difference that will deliver benefits today and for future generations.”

Kraft has made good progress against its 2011 sustainability goals. Since 2005, the company has:

--Reduced plant energy use 12 percent (goal of 25 percent)
--Reduced plant energy-related CO2 emissions 14 percent (goal of 25 percent)
--Reduced plant water consumption 21 percent (exceeding goal of 15 percent)
--Reduced plant waste 14 percent (goal of 15 percent)
--Eliminated 116 million pounds (nearly 53 million kg) packaging material (goal of 150 million pounds)

In 2008, Kraft purchased more than 30,000 metric tons of coffee and 3,300 metric tons of cocoa from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms, making the company the world’s largest buyer of coffee and cocoa from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms. And over the past five years, the company’s collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance has benefited over 300,000 farm workers and their dependents on more than 60,000 hectares of farmland in tropical countries.

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